It is my pleasure to welcome all London Scottish supporters, officials and the Ampthill squad and supporters to the Athletic Ground for our second home league fixture of the season. It really feels that we are now getting stuck into the hearty part of the new Championship season after the opening two rounds of fixtures.
Despite a positive display in the Championship Cup, and encouraging performances over the last couple of weeks, Scottish remain without a win in the league heading into this afternoon’s kick off with Ampthill; hopefully that will all change today.
We were ever so close to claiming the victory against Newcastle Falcons two weeks ago, with one point between the two sides with moments to go, and we finished within touching distance of Nottingham last week. We came away from both matches with a losing bonus point, something that may help us later down the line. Last week’s loss to Nottingham was rather tough to take!
Hearing from inside the 1st XV squad, I know they are training and preparing hard and making sure they are fully prepped for their fixtures, and each match we see the team bonding pulling together. We have a few new faces in the squad which is making a positive contribution and which will lead to further success throughout the season.
Ampthill join us this season from National 1 and secured a good win last weekend against Yorkshire Carnegie. It’s a pleasure to welcome head coach Phil Turner and his side here today.
Today promises to be a great afternoon of rugby with London Scottish at the Athletic Ground, where we can put into action all the hard training the team and coaches have been developing over recent weeks and secure a win.